The Facts

Conservation is part of our DNA and protecting our special dolphins is just part of who we are. We continue to work with partners and the community to advocate for further protection for our rare native dolphin

Did you know It’s estimated the Akaroa Hector’s dolphin industry generates $24.5M* a year in direct and indirect revenue with $19.5M of that for Canterbury alone. This equates to 476 jobs (419 in Canterbury) The dolphins are the must do attraction in Akaroa and bring vital tourism dollars to the region. Nearly $100M in the last 4 years. We commissioned an Economic Impact Assesment which you can find here.

Organisations supporting better protection for hector's & Maui dolphins

BLACK CAT CRUISES, TOURISM INDUSTRY AOTEAROA, CHRISTCHURCHNZ, DEPARTMENT OF CONSERVATION, WWF NEW ZEALAND, ICUN, GREENPEACE NZ, NZ WHALE AND DOLPHIN TRUST, INTERNATIONAL WHALING COMMISSION, NABU INTERNATIONAL, WHALE AND DOLPHIN CONSERVATION, SEA SHEPHERD NZ, MAUI AND HECTOR’S DOLPHINS DEFENDERS, MISSION BLUE HOPE SPOT, WORLD ANIMAL PROTECTION, BANKS PENINSULA CONSERVATION TRUST, WORLD CETACEAN ALLIANCE, HECTOR’S PROTECTORS, BLACK PHINS, EARTH RACE, PROJECT JONAH NZ, PEOPLE FOR NATURE AND PEACE, GUARDIANS OF THE SOUND, OUR SEAS OUR FUTURE, REAL JOURNEYS, WHALE WATCH, DOLPHIN ENCOUNTER, POHATU PENGUINS, E-KO TOURS, COAST UP CLOSE, AKAROA DOLPHINS, ANNADALE, FOX2 SAILING ADVENTURES LTD, ROAD TRIPPERS, CAMPERMATE, YHA NEW ZEALAND, BACKPACKER YOUTH AND ADVENTURE TOURISM ASSOCIATION, PELORUS MAIL BOAT LTD, AKAROA DISTRICT PROMOTIONS, IDNZ, NEW ZEALAND CRUISE ASSOCIATION, CANTERBURY LEISURE TOURS, HAKA TOURS, HASSLE FREE TOURS, VISITOR POINT, CANTERBURY TRAILS, BACKPACKER AND ADVENTURE TOURISM CHRISTCHURCH, AA TOURISM